Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 03, 2009 13:52 ET

Owner of Atlantic Country Composting Sentenced to Pay a $8,000 Penalty for Violations of the Federal Fisheries Act

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Mr. Terrence Eugene Boyle, owner of Atlantic Country Composting, was ordered to pay a penalty of $8,000 in Nova Scotia provincial court in Antigonish yesterday after pleading guilty to releasing a substance from his facility which was deleterious to fish into a stream that enters Tracadie Harbour. Mr. Boyle also pleaded guilty to altering fish habitat, stemming from the same release.

Environment Canada laid the charges against the company for violations under the federal Fisheries Act.

The penalty includes a court ordered payment of $5,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund. Administered by Environment Canada, the Fund provides local organizations with the resources to carry out projects that aim to restore or remediate environmental damage or related environmental work, such as parkland and wildlife conservation and educational projects. The remaining $3,000 constitutes a fine.

On January 14, 2008, Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff alerted Environment Canada to the presence of a thick brown sludge in a stream leading to Tracadie Harbour in Antigonish.

On January 15, 2008, an Environment Canada enforcement officer, in collaboration with Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada personnel, inspected the Atlantic Country Composting facility in Afton, Nova Scotia, to determine if the sludge was being released from the facility. The enforcement officer also collected samples of the sludge. Test results from Environment Canada's lab in Moncton showed the sludge was deleterious to fish.

On July 4, 2008, federal and provincial charges were filed against Atlantic Country Composting for violations under the Fisheries Act in provincial court in Antigonish.

Environment Canada investigates offences under the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Department ensures that businesses and individuals comply with these Acts which serve to protect Canada's environment.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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